This Friday is Fun and Faith Night at TD. We’ll be chilling, playing games, eating snacks, and just having fun together. We will also share some vision and some great opportunities you will have in the upcoming weeks and months to grow in faith, serve in faith, and reach out in faith.
As shared earlier this year, TD’s infrastructure is built upon the four prongs that I believe should be the grounding of every Christian’s life and our ministry here at TD – Upward, Outward, Downward, and Inward.
This Friday, you will join one of the ministry groups – Upward, Outward, Downward, Inward, ArtReach, and Cinematic – and help plan TD’s ministry for the rest of the year.
Before coming into this Friday, we’d like to ask you to review the Prezi that Judy put together for the TD Orientation that describes the prongs and ministry groups: TD Infrastructure Prezi.
In addition, here’s Friday’s message and Table of Contents that should be understood before we head into Part 2 this Friday:
Here’s that great video our Bring Me Hope team showed at TD on Friday (thanks Megan!). I’ve been singing this song all day today (ok, maybe not singing, since I don’t speak Chinese, but definitely humming!). Study the faces of the orphaned children and consider what their lives may be like. Look at their joy, pride, … and dignity, and then please say a word of prayer for the millions of orphaned children they represent. Then begin praying what future part you will have in His story in the lives of some of this world’s orphaned.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
Thank you, TD, for such an amazing surprise last week! Wow, we were blown away and totally taken aback by your kindness, generosity, creativity, depth of thought, and … sneakiness! We had no idea! It was a real blessing and real ministry for us. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We feel humbled and loved.
Now let’s get those girls over here and let’s love ’em as a TD family! See you at TD!
After quite an amazing first week of summer camp for orphaned children in the Big Country with special needs, three of our TD’ers have returned to us – Josh, Melody T., and Elissa – impacted and changed. They also got to visit one of Show Hope’s care centers (one of the ones we raised money for with V4V!). Here are a couple of pics from the care center:
Megan, Calvin, and Brianna still remain there, serving a second week; this time with more “typical” (no or less special needs) orphaned children. It’s still been pretty challenging (as you can hear from the vlog), but also very rewarding:
“Things have still been really good. The kids are having a really good time. Honestly, I’ve been encouraged by the kids this week. I didn’t have to take a caretaker’s role this week, but instead one of a friend. We’ve done so many things together: Basketball, football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, joking, a skit, cards, Chinese chess. They’re honestly like younger brothers. I’ve gotten to talk about faith with them a little and am hoping to encourage them in their walks with Him. They are probably believers along with most people in their orphanage. They actually did a prayer night two days ago and some shared testimonies. Anyways, apart from that, I’ve just been humbled more …”– Calvin
Please keep them in your prayers as they finish off their weeks and return soon!
Come join the last regular Friday TD meeting of the ’16 – ’17 school year before the banquet, where we’ll hear the testimonies of some of our seniors! In addition, we’ll have a wrap up lesson summarizing the highlights of our theme, Rebuild: Rehabituating Our Life in Christ.
Come and continue to build the family culture we’ve been working on building this year! See you Friday!